How to Read Chinese Paintings

How to Read Chinese Paintings

by Maxwell K. Hearn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300141874

ISBN-13: 9780300141870

Pub. Date: 08/01/2008

Publisher: Yale University Press

The Chinese often use the expression du hua, “to read a painting,” in connection with their study and appreciation of such works. This volume closely “reads” thirty-six masterpieces of Chinese painting from the encyclopedic collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in order to reveal the major characteristics and themes of this

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The Chinese often use the expression du hua, “to read a painting,” in connection with their study and appreciation of such works. This volume closely “reads” thirty-six masterpieces of Chinese painting from the encyclopedic collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in order to reveal the major characteristics and themes of this rich pictorial tradition. The book examines multiple layers of meaning—style, technique, symbolism, past traditions, and the artist’s personal circumstances—through accessible texts and numerous large color details. A dynastic chronology, map, and list of further readings supplement the text.

Spanning a thousand years of Chinese art, these landscapes, flowers, birds, figures, religious subjects, and calligraphies illuminate the main goal of every Chinese artist: to capture not only the outer appearance of a subject but also its inner essence. 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300141870
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
959,876
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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